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International tourism brings in close to $1 trillion in annual business -- $850 billion in 2007.
Annual tourism numbers are on the rise. Experts believe that by 2020 over 1.6 billion people per year will take an international vacation.
The Swine Flu (H1N1) outbreak of late 2008 and early 2009 really hurt the tourism industry. Numbers dropped 8 percent from that same time the year before.
Africa has recently become a very popular tourist destination; the continent's numbers improved by 5 percent in the first four months of 2009.
The tourism industries in Morocco and nearby Tunisia have been helped by the recent availability of inexpensive travel packages.
The World Tourism Organization, which is a United Nations agency (UNWTO), collects data and compiles statistics on various aspects of world tourism.
More than half of the world's tourists arrive each year to some European destination. In fact, two of the top four tourist destinations are in Europe.
China, the third largest country in the world, has thousands of years of history and culture. It's the fourth most poplar place on Earth to visit.
The Great Wall of China, which, when you include all its branches, stretches over 5,500 miles, is not only China's most popular attraction, it's one of the most popular destinations on Earth.
Spain is a beautiful country, with great cuisine, and such wonderful traditions as bullfighting and flamenco dancing.
Tapas, a style of cuisine consisting of numerous small dishes, rather than a single main course, is a tradition in Spain.
The United States, which had dropped down to third place for a while, is back in second place in 2009.
California's wine country, particularly Napa Valley, is the home to some of the best wines produced in the United States.
The tragedy of September 11th, 2001 had a powerful, negative effect on U.S. tourism for a number of years. U.S. tourism has since rebounded, and in 2008 the U.S. overtook Spain to regain its place as the second most popular tourist country in the world.
When it comes to tourism, France stands alone. The romance, art, history, and cuisine of the world's most popular country simply have no equal.
In 2008 France played host to nearly 80 million tourists.
France is one of the largest countries in Europe. It is bordered by eight countries, and has four climate zones.
The French Alps, a mountain region France shares with Italy and Switzerland, are a popular tourist destination for skiing, as well as for their breathtaking beauty.
There is probably no building better known than the Eiffel Tower. Over 200 million people have visited the tower since it was constructed, and it remains the most popular paid monument in the world.
Home to over 30,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is France's premier art museum.